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(3.) A fulness of grace in him, lodged in him as the common storehouse of all the faints: John, i. 16. "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." If they want wifdom, or righteoufnefs, or fanctification, they have it in him: 1 Cor. i. 30. "But of him are ye in Christ Jefus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteoufnefs, fanctification, and redemption." They have all in him; and seeing God treats with them no other way but as in him, they are complete in him, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, who is the Head of all principality and power."I come now,
III. To conclude with fome fhort improvement. And this only in an use of exhortation.
I would exhort you, then, to come to Chrift with enlarged defires, that your fouls may be filled. I direct you to one who can give your fouls full fatisfaction. Open your mouths wide, O communicants! Open your mouths wide, one and all of you, make enlarged demands from Christ the Saviour.-To prevail with you in complying with this exhortation, I offer you the following. MOTIVES.
Mot. 1. Ye have many times opened your mouths wide to the world, and your lufts, but were you to this day ever filled? Prov xxiii. 5. "Wilt thou fet thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven." Have you not enlarged your defires as hell? If there had been any fatisfaction which you could have got out of Chrift, have you not fqueezed so hard as that you would certainly have preffed it out? But you have never got it, and never fhall get it there. Come, then, to Chrift, and try him..
Mot. 2. Has not the world and your lufts oftimes rewarded your love with hatred? When you have been hammering for fatisfaction at these things, have you not ftruck fire, instead of water, out of thefe barren rocks, and lain down in forrow? O! if you had bestowed that ftrength of affection and defire on Chrift, which you have on these things, ye had never been so rewarded.
Mot. 3. If Chrift fills you not, you shall never be filled. Many have fucked at these breasts which you are on, but never one came fpeed; as little fhall you Ecclef. ii. 12. " And I turned myself to behold wiidom, and madnefs, and folly: For what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which has been already done." There was a fign of emptinefs hung out at the creature's door in paradife, the tree of knowledge, of good and evil. And has that vanity which fin fubjected them to fince filled up that emptinefs? No, no. Ah! you fhall as foon grafp your arms full of fhadows and dreams, as fill your fouls without Chrift.
Mot. 4. Confider that Chrift can and will fill your fouls, if you will only open your mouths wide, and receive him.-For confider,
(1.) That all fulness is in him: Colof. i. 19. "For it hath pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell." He is the ftorehouse of all fulness; it dwells in him, it can never be miffed there. The fulness of the Godhead dwelleth in him bodily, Col. ii. 9. Can there be ever any want with him? Confider,
(2.) That the fulness that is in him is to be com municated in him: John, i. 16. "And of his fulnefs have all we received, and grace for grace." It is lodged there to be communicated from him to poor fouls: Zech. xiii. 1. "In that day there shall be
a fountain opened to the houfe of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerufalem, for fin and for uncleannefs." The fulness of Chrift is not the fulness of a vessel, but of a fountain that cafts forth its waters, and yet hath ftill enough.--Confider,
(3.) That it belongs to him, and to him alone, to distribute that fulness: John v. 22. « For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son." He is the great steward of the fulness of God. The keys hang at his girdle. Never any foul was filled, but whom he filled. The Father directs the hungry foul to his Son: Matth. xvii. 5. "This," fays he, "is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleafed : Hear ye him." The Spirit points you to Chrift. And Chrift is faying to you, what Jofeph faid to his father and brethren: Gen. xlv. 9.-II. "Hafte you, and go up to my father, and fay unto him, Thus faith thy fon Jofeph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt; come down unto me, tarry not.. And thou fhalt dwell in the land of Gofhen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou and thy children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast. And there will I nourish thee, (for yet there are five years of famine), left thou, and thy household, and all that thou haft, come to poverty."--Confider,
(4.) That you have his word for it, that he will. do it: If. lv. 1. "Ho every one that thirfteth, ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money, and without price." John, vi. 37. "All that the Father hath given me, shall come unto me, and him that cometh unto me, I will in nowife caft out." And you have the teftimony of them who have gone before you: Luke, i. 52. 53. "He has exalted them of low degree.
degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things."
Here, however, there may be propofed this OBJCTION. Is it poffible for a perfon to find satisfaction in fuch a course, turning his back on the world and its lusts? Anfwer, Come and fee. The faints have found, and do find fatisfaction, and this fuch as has made them defpife the fmiles and frowns of the world: Pfal. iv. 7. "Thou haft put gladnefs in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased: Heb. xi. 24. 25. 26. "By faith Mofes, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choofing rather to fuffer afflictions with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of fin for a feafon. Efteeming the reproaches of Chrift greater riches than the trea- . fures of Egypt: For he had refpect unto the recompence of reward." Is there any perfection or fweetness in the creature but what comes from God? does not the whole creation shine with borrowed light? If fo, then God must be more fweet, infinitely more fweet, than all the creatures, even if combined together. And does not the natural conftitution of the foul, call for the enjoyment of an infinite good? It must then be the greateft reality.
Still, however, fome may prefs this OBJECTION. But will he fill me who am full of fin? Anf. Christ fills freely, as freely as the rain falls, and the fun fhines, without hire, and his fulness will wear out the fulness of fin: Ifa. i. 18. "Come now, and let us reason together, faith the Lord: Though your fins be as fcarlet, they fhall be as white as fnow: Though they be red as crimson, they fhall be as wool." Amen.
THE NATURE AND SOURCE OF THE
JOHN, vi. 57. He that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
YOU have been eating the bread of the Lord: who those are who have done this may be already known; happy are thofe who have ate that bread which is the Lord; who these are muft be discovered by the effects. Perfons will readily look like their meat; they who have ate Christ will look like Chrift, feeing this food has a transforming virtue, there will be fuch a difference betwixt them and others, as that mentioned in Dan. i. 15. "Their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat." Living bread will make living lively fouls: He that eateth me, even be fhall live by me.---In which words we have,
1. The character and privilege of a believer: He fhall live, viz. the life of God, from which others are alienated. To his natural life, common with others, by which he is distinguished from things without life, he shall have another of a more fublime nature, by which he fhall rife fuperior to other men who are dead in fin, while they live a
* Delivered at Wamphray, Monday, July 2. 1711. immediately after the difpenfation of the Lord's fupper.